Torrential rains battering Mumbai

  • 20/09/2017
MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Commuters cover themselves under umbrella after the sudden rain shower at CSMT on September 19, 2017 in Mumbai, India. Heavy rains were recorded in many areas leading to Traffic jams and waterlogging. Schools and colleges have been asked to remain closed today. The downpour is likely to continue for next 24 hours, the weather department predicted on Tuesday. A high tide that was expected to hit the city's shoreline shortly before midnight could make things worse, it said. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Torrential rains are lashing India's financial capital Mumbai, flooding low-lying areas and disrupting transport.

On Tuesday, staff at Mumbai International Airport, India's second busiest, diverted four flights and shut down operations for about half an hour as the downpour cut visibility, a spokeswoman said.

Water flooded train tracks, delaying services along the heavily used lines, a rail official said.

A deluge last month killed 14 people, wrecked homes and disrupted traffic in the city of 20 million people.

In 2005 severe flooding killed more than 500 people, most of them living in slums.